Indonesia got new friends in the Pacific after two countries, Cook Islands and Niue officially opened diplomatic relations with Jakarta on Friday, July 12. The opening ceremony of diplomatic relations with the two countries was held on the sidelines of the holding of the 2019 Pacific Exposition in Auckland, New Zealand.
During the ceremony, Indonesian Foreign Minister, Retno Marsudi signed a communiqué together with Prime Minister (PM) Henry Puna of the Cook Islands and PM concurrently Foreign Minister Niue, Tukufia Talagi.
“The opening of diplomatic relations with the Cook Islands and Niue has complemented the scope of Indonesia’s diplomatic relations with all Pacific countries. This broadens Indonesia’s ties in the Pacific region and enables Indonesia to be directly present and become part of the solution to a number of shared challenges such as climate change, natural disasters and others,” Foreign Minister was quoted as saying by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs press statement.
The Indonesian Foreign Minister’s meeting with PM Cook Islands, Auckland, July 12, 2019. (Doc. Of the Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs)
The Cook Islands welcomes this historic day and is determined to advance the potential of bilateral cooperation with Indonesia such as labor in the tourism and agricultural sectors.
The Indonesian Foreign Minister’s meeting with PM Niue, Auckland, July 12, 2019. (Doc. Of the Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs)
While PM Niue believes that Indonesia and Niue will continue to be close friends in the coming years. Niue also expressed his hope to explore the potential for cooperation in increasing capacity and increasing trade and investment.